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September

Straining at the lease
28 August, 2009

As retailers throughout the land comb every nook and cranny of their businesses looking for different ways to keep costs down, newly-formed property company - Birmingham-based Barber Wadlow - is ensuring they don't miss out on the bigger picture, by offering some guidance on their property costs.

Scaling new heights
28 August, 2009

Eric Snowdon and his wife Min may only be a few years from retirement - but they're not frightened of taking on a fresh challenge when it comes to their business. Earlier this year, after 17 years running the Whitehouse Services forecourt in Devon, they decided the time had come to give their site a major facelift. The couple opted for a total knock-down and rebuild of the store, which meant operating the shop side of their business from a Portakabin for nearly three months.

People power
28 August, 2009

You'll all be familiar with the saying 'the customer is always right' but forecourt retailer Jonathan James is more familiar with it than most. Jonathan is operations director of James Graven & Sons, which he runs with his wife, managing director Rebecca, in Cambridgeshire.

Rolls Royce chooses Kärcher for car wash
28 August, 2009

Rolls Royce Motor Cars has chosen Kärcher Vehicle Wash as its preferred supplier for its new water leak test and car wash facility at its UK headquarters in Chichester, West Sussex.

Greener cleaner drier
28 August, 2009

Savortex Limited has launched what it says is the world's greenest hand drier. According to the company, founded by The Apprentice contestant Syed Ahmed, the Vortex hand drier uses patented spinning air technology that breaks up water droplets on the skin, accelerating drying times. As well as having a low carbon footprint and low cost of ownership, the company says it dries hands in just 10 to 15 seconds and is the quietest in its range.

Hamster sweeps up
28 August, 2009

Hako Machines has launched the compact Hako-Hamster 500E walk-behind sweeper, designed to provide powerful sweeping performance on hard floors and carpets.

PayPoint's SIM bonus
28 August, 2009

PayPoint has secured direct distribution agreements with Vodafone, Virgin, T-Mobile and Orange that will allow retailers to receive commission of up to £5 on each SIM card when sold with a top-up voucher.

Play your cards right
28 August, 2009

Payment processing company DataCash has added a new fuel cards service.

I should Koko: Cadbury launches premium chocs
28 August, 2009

Cadbury this month launches its new premium chocolates aimed at the female gifting market.

Lucozade nets footie
28 August, 2009

Lucozade Sport is, once again, the Official Sports Drink of the Barclays Premier League.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?